Mystery and Belief

Listen to Audio In early May the Pew Research Center published its latest report: “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” Since then articles and comments have clogged the blogosphere and social media in response. The study is long and detailed. But what seems to have gotten the most attention is one particular finding. From 2007 to 2014…

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Which Way Is Up?

Listen to Audio Pilots say that when flying you can lose your sense of what is up and what is down. In murky water, scuba divers can mistake the bottom for the surface. Skiers buried in avalanches have thought that they were digging through the snow toward the sky only to strike dirt and rock.…

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What Friends Are For

Listen to Audio God is apparently not a helicopter parent. He does not hover over our every move like a mother  who does every homework assignment with her child, walks her child to the mailbox, and watches her at every meal to insure that she’s chewing with her mouth closed. And yet God is present.…

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Loving What God Loves

Listen to Audio Before the Owensby family departed for seminary at Sewanee, our parish priest Richard Turk offered my wife Joy some advice for our marriage.  “Take up golf,” he said. Seminary would demand much of my time. Richard wanted to help us maintain our close relationship. And so he gave Joy a well-intended suggestion.…

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